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[verb, adjective kuh n-vikt; noun kon-vikt]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to prove or declare guilty of an offense, especially after a legal trial: to convict a prisoner of a felony.
  2. to impress with a sense of guilt.
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  1. a person proved or declared guilty of an offense.
  2. a person serving a prison sentence.
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  1. Archaic. convicted.
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Origin of convict

1350–1400; (v.) Middle English convicten < Latin convictus past participle of convincere, equivalent to con- con- + vic- variant stem of vincere to overcome + -tus past participle suffix (see convince); (noun, adj.) Middle English convict, past participle of convicten (or directly < L)
Related formscon·vict·a·ble, con·vict·i·ble, adjectivecon·vic·tive, adjectivecon·vic·tive·ly, adverbhalf-con·vict·ed, adjectivepre·con·vict, verb (used with object)re·con·vict, verb (used with object)self-con·vict·ed, adjectiveun·con·vict·ed, adjectiveun·con·vict·ing, adjectiveun·con·vic·tive, adjective
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Related Words for convict

prisoner, captive, felon, imprison, condemn, sentence, malefactor, culprit, loser, con, jailbird, repeater, frame, adjudge, attaint, rap, doom

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Historical Examples of convict

  • If they could convict Lesurques upon such evidence, why not also convict Guesno on it?

  • "If you were a convict in the prison of Strelsau, you would be my King," she said.

  • He describes the scene as if the choice had rested with the magistrates to convict him or to let him go.


    James Anthony Froude

  • To expect to convict him after all these years was ridiculous, and it was not likely that he would confess.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

  • From that time forward Auguste was anxious that the "convict" should be arrested.

British Dictionary definitions for convict


verb (kənˈvɪkt) (tr)
  1. to pronounce (someone) guilty of an offence
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noun (ˈkɒnvɪkt)
  1. a person found guilty of an offence against the law, esp one who is sentenced to imprisonment
  2. a person serving a prison sentence
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adjective (kənˈvɪkt)
  1. obsolete convicted
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Derived Formsconvictable or convictible, adjective

Word Origin for convict

C14: from Latin convictus convicted of crime, from convincere to prove guilty, convince
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Word Origin and History for convict


mid-14c., from Latin convictus, past participle of convincere "to 'overcome' in argument" (see convince). Replaced Old English verb oferstælan. Related: Convicted; convicting.

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late 15c., from convict (v). Slang shortening con is from 1893.

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